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$27,000 in your bank. doing great. >> wow. ok. meredith: reunited is the next category. "catfights and caviar" was the subtitle of a 2006 tv special reuniting the cast of what popular drama series? dynasty, l.a. law., fantasy island, melrose place? catfights and caviar. >> caviar. it has to be dynasty. i'm gonna go with a, dynasty, final answer. meredith: yeah. it was a good reunion, too. all right, margi, playing a great game here. how much money is behind this question? gonna add another $25,000. [cheering] >> wow! meredith: wow, margie! ha ha! >> yeah. meredith: $52,000.
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>> oh, wow, this is so fun. meredith: it is fun. i told you. sports numbers. oh, boy. let's see what that one is. in a best of 7 playoff series, the team that emerges victorious has to win how many games? 2, 3, 4, 5? best of 7 playoff games. >> ok, i hope this is as easy as it looks. i hope. best of 7, you should have to win 4. i hope c, final answer. meredith: yes, it is 4. you've used up all the really big money here. let's see how much more we can put in your bank. $100. ok. gives you 52,100. >> ok. meredith: you're now 9 away from a million, 5 away from round 2, at which point you keep all your money. >> ok. meredith: sleepy snacks. marketed as "relaxation brownies," lazy cakes are baked
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with what chemical that helps control sleep and wake cycles? melatonin, taurine, epinephrine, serotonin? >> i don't think it's b. i think c is the happy... the happy drug or the happy chemical, so i'm gonna ask the audience. meredith: ok, audience, margi needs your help. on your keypads, vote now. 72% believe it is melatonin. >> oh, i'm so torn between a and d. although so many people think it's a. and i'm sure people need help with sleeping, so a, final answer. >> no one's sleeping in this audience. it is melatonin.
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that's for sure. [cheering] all right, margi, how much money is behind this question? we'll add another $500. $52,600. we're gonna be back with more "millionaire" right after this. stay with us. lisee n fe ibethe igst l ouso y e seethvery inge thitway ea's mo nt teebe . tr tiansivaons e ntag andan tronsitiras xte ctiveslen. riexpe lenceweife itll l. even smart people miss things. complicated. riexpe lenceweife itll l. and sometimes people leave money on the table. that's maybe a danger of doing it yourself. if you've used turbotax and filed your return, it's not too late.
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>> welcome back to cruise in and win week here at "millionaire." we are giving away disney cruise vacations all week, and the very next question that margi rice will face is her disney cruise question. you've been playing a great game, margi. you said you were nervous, but you know, you're still playing very, very well. $52,600 in your bank. going for this disney cruise with the next question. are you
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ready? >> yes, yes, absolutely. meredith: then let's play. [cheering] on a ship, the crow's nest earned its name because the vikings used crows to help them do what? drop anchor, catch fish, prevent mutiny, find land? >> the only one that makes sense with birds would be find land. although it could be catch fish. birds do like fish. um...i think i'm going to jump this question. meredith: you're gonna jump it. ok, it is out of play. let's see the answer. you had it. it was find land. >> oh! ha ha. oh, well. meredith: so the cruise is not available anymore. let's see what money is behind it. hopefully not too much. 7,000. ok. >> ok. meredith: well, that was a tough one, but the good news is by jumping the question, you are one question closer
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to the million. now 7 away. 3 away from round 2, and you can keep all that money. noble jumpers is the next category. which of the following is not a thrill-seeking leisure activity? cave jumping, bungee jumping, base jumping, smoke jumping? >> i don't even know what smoke jumping is. i know what bungee and base jumping are. cave jumping? meredith: still have a lifeline if you need it. >> i'm gonna have to jump it. meredith: ok, question is out of play. let's see the correct answer. it was smoke jumping. >> ok. i don't even know what it is, so... meredith: let's see how much money you forfeited. $5,000. all right. >> ok, ok. meredith: ok, we got two questions still in round 2. lifelines are gone at this point. first ladies is the next category. raised in nantes, france, and london, england, who
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was the only first lady in american history to be born in europe? martha washington, louisa adams, martha jefferson, dolley madison? >> i completely do not know. i do not know. i wouldn't have an idea. ok, i have to walk. meredith: is that a final, margi? >> that's final. meredith: ok, well, the answer was louisa adams. you are walking with $26,300. margi, congratulations. good luck with those tuitions. >> ok. thank you. meredith: take care. go right that way. [cheering] meredith: so it is that time of the show where we give one of our audience members a shot at winning a disney cruise, and i have the name of that person in this envelope. [cheering] ok, i'm looking for beverly mason. beverly mason.
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[cheering] meredith: hi. how are you? there you go. how are you, beverly? >> i'm good. meredith: tell us a little bit about you. >> i'm beverly mason. i'm a school bus driver in the bronx. meredith: oh! that's great. [applause] meredith: do you have fun with the kids, or is that a stressful job? >> they love me. meredith: ha ha! have you been on a cruise ever? >> a 1-day cruise. meredith: a 1-day cruise? >> a cruise to nowhere. meredith: a cruise--ok. >> come right back. meredith: this is much better than that. >> oh, yeah. meredith: i'm gonna tell you how it works now. we're going to give you a question. you get it right, you and 3 of your closest friends will be setting sail on the disney fantasy. [cheering] so, beverly, are you ready? >> uh-uh.
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meredith: ha ha. are you ready now? >> yes. meredith: ok. are you folks all ready? audience: yeah! meredith: well, then let's play "millionaire." which of these zoo animals also lends its name to a style of mustache? monkey, otter, penguin, walrus? a style of mustache. >> hmm. i saw some mustached monkeys. i know a few. uh...otter has whiskers, penguin nothing. walrus. i'm gonna go with d, walrus. final answer. meredith: you're gonna go on a cruise is where you're gonna go. [cheering]
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i think she's happy. we'll be back with more "millionaire" right after this. >> welcome back to cruise in and win week here at "millionaire." at the break, one of our audience members won a cruise, and she is still here. she's laughing. she's crying. there's a little bit of everything. beverly mason, how are you feeling? >> i feel great. meredith: yeah. ha ha. now, you told me on the break that you took the day off today. playing
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a little hooky or... >> no. i took the kids to school, and i didn't go back to get them. [laughter] meredith: but wait, wait. beverly, wait. beverly, wait. you mean there's a bunch of kids waiting at the bus stop? >> no. i told my boss i'd been waiting to come on this show for a long time, and he was like, "oh, no. are you kidding me? go ahead then. go ahead." i never ask for a day off. meredith: aw...so here you go, and you got the cruise and 3 other... >> and i'm cruising! meredith: you are cruising! and i noticed you were sitting next to a handsome man in the audience. ooh, you're giving me the look. >> stalker. meredith: a stalker? oh. ha ha! ok, so i guess he won't be going on the cruise with you. but you'll be going with 3 of your best buddies. >> my kids. meredith: aw! how old are your kids? >> 21 and 26. meredith: 21 and 26. boy, girl? >> young breeder. boys. meredith: two boys. well, have a
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great time, beverly. we're so happy for you. thank you so much... you are so welcome, sweetheart. you can go right back to your seat. [cheering] meredith: all right, she's so cute, isn't she? adorable. andjh joining us now is charles rawlins from hyattsville, maryland. hi. honey. aw. good. how are you? >> very good. meredith: good. i like that big hug, charles. that was very nice. >> yes. meredith: well, there's a lot of good energy in this room right now. >> yes, it is. meredith: you saw what just happened to beverly, right? >> yes. fantastic. meredith: play your cards right, if you don't get the cruise, she might take you on hers. you never know. she's in a good mood. all right, good luck to you, sweetie. >> thank you so much. meredith: let's take a look at the money in your round 1. computer, please randomize the money and the questions. and now let's see where your disney cruise question is. pretty high
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up there. so we got some work to do before we get to that point. are you ready? >> i am ready. meredith: then let's play "millionaire." [cheering] ok, charles, an event that is unlikely to happen is often said to be "not in the" what? checkers, dominoes, cards, marbles? not in the... >> that would be cards, final answer. meredith: yes, sir. nice going, charles. let's see how much money is behind this question. we're gonna start building your bank with how much? $15,000. that's nice. woo. that's a nice way to start. >> yes. meredith: 15 away from a million. though usually associated with a singer, bjork is a common icelandic girl's name meaning what? brilliant one, fairy dust, meadow lark, birch tree?
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>> uh, meredith, c, meadow lark, final answer. meredith: it's not meadow lark, charles. i'm so sorry. it's birch tree. it's kind of a strange name. birch tree. i'm so sorry, sweetie. >> all right. meredith: we'll be back with more "millionaire" right after thi[ male announcer ] dandruff flakes, meet selsun science. sayonara. selsun blue gets to the root of dandruff, washing flakes out and putting moisturizers in. selsun blue.
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>> here is the millionaire question of the day. where did paul mccartney and john lennon first meet? stay tuned for the answer when we come back. >> welcome back. the answer to the millionaire question of the day is in a church. joining me now is francis salazar from patchogue, new york. nice to see you, francis. >> great to be here. meredith: special ed teacher. >> thank you. meredith: brought along your beautiful wife terry who's in the audience. nice to see terry. and the big news here is that the two of you are expecting a baby, which is very exciting. so we got to start sprucing up
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the nursery. gotta start sprucing up that nursery. >> absolutely. that's what we're hoping for. meredith: well, i hope so, too, and a cruise wouldn't be bad either. >> ha ha. yeah. absolutely. meredith: so let's take a look at the money in your round 1. computer, please randomize the money and the questions. now let's see where your disney cruise question is. oh, way down low. whoa. all right, francis, are you ready? >> i am ready. meredith: then let's play "millionaire." [cheering] according to a 2011 study, what everyday substance can cause a completely sober person to fail an alcohol sobriety test? hand sanitizer, fabric softener, body butter, air freshener? >> ok. well, hand sanitizer does have alcohol, but persons can fail an alcohol test. may be an obvious one. um...you know, i'm gonna ask the
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audience. meredith: ok. audience, francis needs your help. on your keypads, vote now. 85% believe it is hand sanitizer. >> fail a sobriety test, huh. um, 10% think it's the... i'll go with the audience. i'm gonna go a, final answer. meredith: absolutely hand sanitizer. absolutely. people who are exposed to a lot of it actually can test positive with a urine test. believe it or not. >> really? meredith: let's see how much money is behind this question. >> good. meredith: $10,000. glad you didn't jump it. all right, francis. >> that's a big one. meredith: 13 away from a million dollars. that's nice. >> great. meredith: culinary consistency.
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what vegetable was once the subject of a los angeles times food article subtitled "beyond the slime"? >> beyond the slime. meredith: turnip, kale, asparagus, okra? >> oh, boy. beyond the slime. sounds appealing. meredith: ha ha. >> well, turnips aren't really slimy. neither is asparagus. okra and kale... i'm not 100% on either one. "beyond the slime." i'm gonna jump. meredith: ok. question is out of play. you don't know it, you don't know it. let's see the answer. it was okra. all right, let's see what you jumped over, francis. hopefully not too much money here. $500. not too bad. >> i don't cook. meredith: ha ha! all right, by jumping over that question, it only cost you 500, and you're now one question closer to a million. 12 away.
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and this is your disney cruise line question. you get this right, and you go on a cruise. good luck. [horn sounds] [audience groans] meredith: oh, francis, i'm so sorry. that means time is up. you're gonna have to wait till next time to see if you go on that cruise. ok? and until next time, thank you, everybody. from new york, bye-bye. ordinary rubs don't always work on my arthritis. try capzasin-hp. it penetrates deep to block pain signals for hours of relief. capzasin-hp. take the pain out of arthritis. announcer: closed captioning sponsored by... sfx: doorbell i'm here to snake the drain. i'm here to flush the pipe.
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>> i would like to see them make some serious changes. >> reporter: pope benedict will leave the vatican on a helicopter for his retreat outside of rome. he says he'll remove himself entirely from the public eye, dedicating the rest of his life to prayer and meditation. nick schifrin, abc news, rome. >> thank you, nick. stay with abc news on this historic day at the vatican. abc's george stephanopoulos will lead our live coverage today as the pope retires. you can find background on this remarkable transition at any time at abcnews.com. well, the u.s. has reportedly embarked in its deepest involvement in syria since the start of the conflict. "the new york times" reports that the u.s. is training opposition rebels and today, secretary of state john kerry is expected to extend another helping hand. here's abc's martha raddatz. >> reporter: this would be the first time the u.s. has given aid to the military side of the opposition forces. i'm told it could be anything from communications gear, to medical supplies to body armor
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to armored vehicles. even if it's just communications gear or medical gear, which is more likely, that would be a significant shift for the u.s. and could be a big boost to opposition groups. it's expected that the new secretary of state john kerry will announce this in rome as part of his first overseas trip. there will be no weapons. syria is awash in weapons already. the u.s. has always been wary of giving weapons for fear they would end up in the wrong hands. the rebels we and others are dealing with have been vetted, but as we know, some of the other rebel groups are affiliated with al qaeda. so we may not be giving these vetted opposition forces weapons, but whatever we give them improves their chances against the assad government. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. >> thank you, martha. on capitol hill, an emotional plea from a grieving father on gun control. it was the senate judiciary committee's first hearing on the issue since the newtown massacre.
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on the table, a proposal by senator dianne feinstein to ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. the father of a newtown massacre victim begged for it to be passed. >> jesse was the love of my life. he was the only family i had left. it's hard for me to be here today to talk about my deceased son. i have to. i'm his voice. >> republicans at the hearing said the assault weapons ban, though, would violate the 2nd amendment. >> announcer: this is an abc news special report. ♪
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farewell to pope benedict. now reporting live from the vatican, george stephanopoulos. >> and good morning, from rome. where, today, ben dikt xvi is saying his final good-byes as pope. it's a moment weighed with emotion and history. the first pope to resign in almost 600 years. yesterday, he spoke in remarkably personal terms about the joys and burdens of being pope. in a few hours, a helicopter will take off from behind me, take the pope on a short 15-minute helicopter ride to casa gandolfo, his summer resident. at 8:00 p.m., he'll retire. he'll begin the rest of his life, in his words, hidden to the world. right nowers he's saying his
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good-byes to the cardinals. we see him there, greeting the princes of the church, the men who will choose his successor. right now, we're hearing the dean of the college of cardinals welcome the pope to this gathering. and thank him for his service. let's listen. >> to st. peters square. beloved venerator of peter, it's we who need to thank you. on april 19, 2005, you became part of a long chain of successors of peter the apostle. and today, february 28, 2013, you are about to leave us. waiting for the help of peter to be handed over to someone else.
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this way, the apostolic succession will continue. the succession the lord promised his holy church. we'll hear the angel of the apocalypse proclaiming. there is no more time. god's mystery has been executed. at this point, the history of the church will end. together with the history of the world. with the advent of new heavens and a new world. holy father, with pro found love, we have always tried to accompany you in your path. living the experience of the disciples, who, after walking with jesus, for much of his path, said to one another, wasn't our heart burning when he was speaking to us along the path? yes, holy father, please know
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that our heart was burning, too, when we were walking with you over the past eight years. today, once again, we want to express to you all obvious gratitude. and together, we're repeating an expression typical of your beloved country. may the lord reward you. >> a thank you from the cardinals. for the pope they chose eight years ago. you see dean there. hugging the pope right there. i'm joined here by father john walk, the vatican expert who teaches here in rome. you saw dean talk about the mystery going on here and also the history. every cardinal in that room is aware of how historic this decision by the pope is. >> every transfer is an historic moment. we're living through an amazing
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and unique moment in the life of the catholic church now. >> the pope speaking now. >> translator: i want to thank cardinal sodano who, as always, expressed the feeling of the whole college before everybody. thank you from my heart. i would like to say in reference to the aspirns of the disciples, to me, it was a joy to walk with you over the past few years in the light of the presence of the lord. and before thousands of faithfuls who filled st. peters square, your proximity, your advice, you're of great help in my ministry. during the past eight years, we lived with faith, very beautiful moments of radiant light in the church. together with also some clouds in the sky. we tried to serve christ and his
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church with the deep and total love. which is at the soul of our ministry. we gave hope, which comes from christ. the one who -- the only one who can enlighten our path. we can thank the lord, who allowed out to grow in communion. i pray he'll help you grow more in this pro found unity so the college of cardinals is like an orchestra. the church may become one in harmony. i would like to let you have one very simple thought that is very dear to me. a thought about the church and the mystery, which represents to all of us the rational and the passion of life. use an expression written in the
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year of the vatican council number two, which, when it published a book with it, special identification to me. the words of the book are very dear to me. the church is not an institution that was built around a table but it's a living reality. it lives a long time. in the becoming of a living being. changing. and in its nature, it always remains the same. the heart is christ. it was our experience yesterday, i believe in the square, to see that the church is a living body. filled with the holy spirit. and it lives with the strength from god. it is in the world, but it is
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not of the world. it belongs to christ the lord, the spirit as we saw yesterday. so it's true and eloquent, the expression of -- the church awakens in the souls. the church lives, grows, and reawakens in the souls just like the virgin mary received the word of the lord and conceived the work of the holy spirit. and the souls and the humility become capable of generating christ today in the world. through the church. and the mystery of incar fashion. the mystery of incarnation remains a presence forever. christ continues to walk through time. and everywhere. let's remain united, dear
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brothers, in this mystery. in prayer. especially in the daily eucharist. this is our joy that no one can take away from us. before to personally say good-bye to you, i would like to say i will continue to be close to you in my prayers, especially over the next few days. so that you may be full of the passion of the holy spirit in the election of the new pope. may the lord show you what he wants from you. among you, there is the future pope. to whom today i promise my unconditional reverence and obedience. be with a lot of affection, i want
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to give you my apostolic blessing. [ applause ] >> pope benedict xvi, with the final blessing for his cardinals. they return the blessing with a standing ovation. [ singing in foreign language ] >> the pope will now greet each cardinal personally in order of seniority. and as he does that, i want to bring in john, a veteran vatican journalist. also the author of a new book.
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the pope's take on the church, always growing, always changing. as he talks about a living church, we have to reflect on how this act of resignation will actually change the church and affect the cardinals who will choose a successor. >> right. i thing we saw today that pope benedict is seeking to reassure catholics on two things. he may be changing the office of the papacy in a dramatic way. he's reassuring them he's not changing the core values of the catholic church. and that the church can adapt without necessarily losing its way. it remains to be seen how the role of the retired pope will function. i give my obedience and reverence to my successor. there will not be a question in
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his mind about split allegiance among catholics in the future. >> and certainly, sending the signal, cokie roberts, our own vatican expert, and your mother served as ambassador to the vatican tharkts he will not interfere with the choice of the next pope. of the 115 cardinals or so who will vote for the next pope, this pope appointed more than half of them. he does have an influence in that respect. >> absolutely. more than 57% have been appointed by him. they have a certain allegiance to him. but they've also never been in a conclave before. they're in this position of trying to figure out who a new pope will be, probably for life, though perhaps benedict has set a precedent by resigning. it will affect the 1.5 million catholics in the world but it
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will affect them, their job. he sta the cardinal said, it is with trepidation we dom this moment. that's what i'm feeling here at the vatican today and yesterday, trepidation. real sense of, this has never happened before and we're not at all sure this is a good thing. >> and this had haz to be a terrifying choice, terry moran, because this has been a time of trouble for the church, dealing with the abuse scandals for the last several years. as these cardinals try to take those very practical considerations in mind, they want to stay open to their true job, trying to discern what god wants in their choice. >> this moment of near crisis for the church. in unprecedented resignation.
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the krubls they speak of and their need to rely on the faith. i'm struck by the drama of it all. here's benedict the xvi, almost a man residen over his own funeral. like tom sawyer, but one better. he gets to be there in an active role. speak to those saying farewell. i have been struck in the last couple of days of the affection shown this man. he had such a hard act to follow, pope john paul ii, one of the most charismatic men of the 20st century. this man came in as pope ratzy, the enforcer. he believes the tough line comes from the love, as he understands it, that is at the heart of the christian faith. i think he's hoping that as they go forward, they can use some of
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that. >> and finally, father john walk, that affection seemed to only increase in response to the humble way in which he's leaving. >> sympathy, affection, gratitude, appreciation. everyone realizes he's given his life, all of his final years to the service of the church. a sacrifice that people have really appreciated. >> thank you all. we'll continue covering this all day from rome. for now, we return you to your regular programming. we'll be back later today when the pope's helicopter takes off and of course, in a couple of hours on "good morning america." see you then. >> announcer: this has been a special report from abc news. like sally field and, jennifer aniston, as well, wearing a similar dress. she switched at the last minute
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off with the weiner and the sausage spent the last few weeks getting spicy. but last night, two people ran into a bar, dropped off guido and ran off. colleen henry gets to the meat of the matter. >> reporter: he's the sex symbol of the racing sausages. mustachioed and suave, the brewers say this mascot loves attention. an impostor donned guido's duds on february 16th. the spicy italian marched in the winter parade earlier in the day and was waiting for a second appearance when a witness spotted him slipping out the door at the milwaukee curling club. later that night, guido surfaced at the road house bar and grill. police found facebook photos showing him krorki iworking the joining the band, and looking a little worse for the wear. his chef's hat black with dirt. he also showed up at another local bar. tj ryan sits, coincidentally, next to a sausage shop. he hasn't ended up as a pizza topping of a bolognaise?
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>> no, no. >> reporter: the shop owner says she hasn't seen any italian sausages in a couple of weeks. >> we did sell them at winterfest, and they were a big success. >> reporter: you know that was where guido was last seen. >> oh, my. oh, my. >> watch him. bang. >> reporter: guido has a history of overcoming adversity. he took the high road ten years ago when cameras captured pittsburgh pirates first baseman randall simon whack him with a baseball bat. they hope he'll be back in time for opening day. >> we do have breaking news to tell you, though. guido has been found. >> guido has been found? >> yes, somebody came -- ran into a bar in milwaukee and dropped him off. and i'm the one who had him the whole time. >> what are you supposed to be? >> i'm the sausage. can't you tell? >> glad he's back home. come on, you can't be guido. >> you've got to leave guido alone. >> you can't beat that meat.
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this morning on "world news now" -- elaborate exit. pope benedict says farewell to the vatican and roman catholics around the world. >> the process to replace benedict and why today's goodbye ceremonies are so unprecedented. it's thursday, february 28th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good thursday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm diana perez. we'll take you right to the vatican for our top story. and today's remarkable rituals. also this morning, worries about widespread federal budget cuts and the impact on national security. attorney general eric holder speaks out in an abc news exclusive.
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>> tomorrow is friday, march 1st. it is deadline day. >> that's the day. >> they've set a meeting for after the deadline, which is comforting. >> does that really surprise you? >> stay tuned, everybody. washington is an incredible place. what an honor for a woman who simply refused to give up her seat on a bus. and that small act of defiance is what started the civil rights movement decades ago. rosa parks found her way in the u.s. capital yesterday for her brave act of defiance will never be forgotten. >> it is about time. >> looking good right there in the capital. later this half hour, a 4-year-old boy who gets around in a wheelchair really wants to go faster. and his athletic aspirations, how his dream became reality. this is our "favorite story of the day." and we don't have to tell you why. >> that's a cute kid. are you kidding me? oh, man. stay tuned for that. >> that's adorable. but first, the big news of the day. pope benedict now just hours away from leaving his post, a move he says he's making of his own free will.
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benedict will offer one last blessing today once he reaches his new temporary residence. >> and there is the vatican. another sunny morning there. that's a live look outside. in his final public audience, we saw a pope perhaps relishing his chance to say goodbye. abc's george stephanopoulos is there. >> reporter: it was a last glimpse, a last chance to hear his words. soaking in the cheers, benedict rode in his popemobile, waving, kissing babies. and when he rose to speak, an ovation. it was a frail man, a marked difference from the day he began his papacy. but his papacy would be tested by the pain and deceit of the church's sex abuse scandal. he spoke of joy and sadness. among those listening, the cardinals. those who will decide benedict's successor. how about the chances of an american, of cardinal dolan, cardinal o'malley from boston. >> i think the conventional wisdom, which i think is
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correct, is a pope from the superpower would probably have a lot going against him when he's trying to present a spiritual message to the rest of the world. >> reporter: today, benedict will no longer be pope. he'll be called pope emeritus, wear simple white, and those trademark red shoes symbolizing the blood of martyrs, designed by prada, replaced by ordinary brown, hand-made in mexico. pope benedict's most lasting legacy may well be his decision to lead. a very modern decision from a traditional man. that helicopter is going to take about a 15-minute ride to the pope's summer residence, and he will remain there until restorations are completed on the vatican convent right here. there, the pope will live out his days in prayer and study. in his words, he will be hidden to the world. >> so this is a clearly symbolic and very serious event. i'm just trying to keep it
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light, because i think for the next couple of hours, at least here at abc and around the world, it's going to be heavy and somber, where we're going to have one pope leave and now expected to have the conclave come together and figure out what they're going to do. apparently, there's an irish bookmaker is putting lots of bets on who the pope is going to be. nobody has any idea. 20,000 people have bet thousands, maybe millions of dollars on who the next guy is going to be and where he's going to be from. i say he's going to be hispanic. >> you taking that bet? >> well, it's not a bet. but yeah, i think it's about time. >> demographics suggest the same thing. whether they go that route though -- >> there's a whole lot of us out there. >> unlike in an election, we don't see all the inner workings. i always wonder what that discussion must be like. behind closed doors. who is politicking, who is whispering.
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who's -- factions form. it must be fascinating. but the pope did give a clue in his remarks yesterday just how intensely public a job it is. he said he who assumes the ministry of peter no longer has any privacy. he belongs forever and totally to all people to all the church. the private dimension is totally, so to speak, removed from his life. >> that's interesting because he's going to go live in a place where no one will see him. >> he says. but still a very public figure. a new day. our coverage of the historic day for the roman catholic church continues later this half hour, with expert insight on this unusual turn at the vatican. keep it right here on abc news all morning long as we cover the resignation live. the president and top republican leaders meet tomorrow at the white house over deep federal budget cuts. it's the first face-to-face meeting between the president and gop leaders this year and by the way rg it's taking place after the budget deadline has passed. after weeks of warnings about the impact of the cuts, the president seems to be softening his tone now. last night he said it was not a fiscal cliff but more of a tumble downward. and the justice department is
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expected to feel the impact of those cuts. abc's pierre thomas spoke with the attorney general about his worries over national security. >> reporter: after a top secret fbi briefing on the nation's terror threat, the attorney general issued a stark warning about those deep budget cuts. >> there are not going to be as many fbi agents, atf agents, dea agents, prosecutors are going to be able to do their jobs. they're going to be furloughed. >> reporter: you have members of the republican party saying it's smoke and mirrors, that the administration is crying wolf, that it's fearmongering. >> this is something that will have an impact on the safety of this country. anybody that says that's not true is either lying or saying something that runs contrary to the facts. >> reporter: it's quite clear that many explosive issues were engulfing his department. on capitol hill, a dramatic hearing about the newtown massacre, a reminder of the epic political battle over gun control.
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>> jesse was the love of my life. he was the only family i had left. it's hard for me to be here today talking about my deceased son. but i have to. i'm his voice. >> reporter: holder said the day he went to newtown marked him for life. were you fighting back tears may i ask? >> unsuccessfully. i tried to hold it together as best i could. >> reporter: holder said he's ordered his staff to study ways to identify mass shooters before they strike and vowed to fight for the assault weapons ban. he told us he believes there's a good chance it will pass. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. >> i think the attorney general is a little more optimistic than other politicians, certainly the rest of the country. there are miles to go on this gun control issue. but back to the budget crisis. a lot of folks outside the white house say $85 billion is the magic number of cuts. but that is a small drop in the bucket compared to the enormous
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size of our federal budget. people are saying there's no way that you can't cut $85 billion out of this budget and have it not be armageddon. you know what i mean? like, get a grip. it's a small percentage, we can suck it up. that's what the other side says. >> yes, that is true. also the president has been accused of scaring americans and yelling from the top of his lungs about how this is terrible and going to shut down the government. but today, if you think about it, these are -- we're talking about things that affect our daily lives. i keep saying this. people who have kids in preschool, that may go away. people who are traveling on a daily basis, that's going to be affected in more ways than one. so to say not everybody's going to be affected, yes, that is true. not everyone in life will be affected. but a whole lot of people will be affected if these budget cuts come through. >> just the small part of the overall federal budget. should be interesting. and we could be talking about a government shutdown a month from now in a separate issue. >> welcome to america. hmm. well, a small town in
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mississippi is in shock this morning after an openly gay mayoral candidate was found dead. 34-year-old marko mcmillen was running for office in clarksdale. a city known for its blues music. detectives have someone in custody but no charges have been filed. police have been looking for mcmillen since tuesday. that's when someone crashed his car and he was nowhere to be found. the judge in the bp trial heard from former chief executive tony hayward, the man at the helm of the company during that oil spill in 2010. hayward, who famously said "i would like my life back" during the very height of the disaster was not present in that courtroom. instead, prosecutors played part of his deposition video. talking about the role of leaders being important to shaping the culture of a company. with that, we take a look at weather on this thursday. several places get light snow today. but nothing like the blizzard earlier this week. showers meanwhile in florida. drying out elsewhere in the southeast. and of course, no shocker here, another beautiful, sunny day in
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honolulu. >> it's 81 degrees there. 69 in phoenix. you want to enjoy that. 50s for most of the east coast. not bad. 30s for the great lakes and 76 in miami. why do we keep talking about the places where it's beautiful? we know it's great there, miami, honolulu. keep that to yourself. >> gives us a fantasy to shoot for. and now, a unique proposition for one of the nation's wealthiest communities. woodside, california, is midway between san francisco and san jose. apple founder steve jobs used to live there. >> the town has received an offer of $11.5 million to rename itself sugardaddie.com. that is a dating website for wealthy folks. the website's management is asking that the town erect a statue of "playboy" founder hugh hefner. >> needless to say, we don't think that's going to happen. >> but the real trick, they knew this would make a headline and newscasters will say sugardaddie.com and now will check out that website. >> of course. especially sense you know it's for wealthy men who want to be younger girl's sugar daddies.
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>> we played right into their hands on that story. >> any way, if you care, really wealthy people live there, including the founder of oracle, the co-founder of intel, actress michelle pfeiffer and her husband, producer david e. kelley, rock legend neil young. lots of money. lots of cash. lucky for you. and honolulu and miami. coming up, an historical insight into the pope's resignation. and rosa parks finds her place in american history. in a new place of honor. how her defiant act turned her into a hero. you're watching "world news now." ♪ you are the spark that started out the real movement ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance.
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♪ welcome back, everybody. as we've been talking about, today is the last day of the papacy of pope benedict. >> and joining us this morning with insight on the resignation, the pope's tenure and what's next is dr. george demacopolous, associate professor at fordham university. he's also the author of the timely book, "the invex of peter." thank you for joining us, doctor, we appreciate it. lots to get to. today is a big day for roman catholics around the world to say the least. >> it's a very big day. it's very much an unprecedented day. >> cardinals are used to having a mourning period before they have to elect the next pope. this is quite unprecedented. what are they doing?
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>> it's unprecedented in so many ways. just the idea of a resignation, i mean, yes, it's happened in the past. but every time it's happened, with one possible exception, every time it's happened in the past, it had been forced. this was obviously not only was this not forced, this was unforeseen. and i believe the cardinals were largely caught offguard. and i suspect that we have the possibility of a very long conclave, only because this was so unanticipated. i mean, yes, he's old, right? but very much unanticipated. >> obviously, what's driving all this are some health concerns here. and that obviously you mentioned his age a second ago. but he's admittedly frail, he's not up to the job any longer, so he made a very personal, and you described it as a humble decision to step down. >> absolutely. i think it's an incredibly humble move. a public acknowledgement of personal weakness and inability.
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the role is absolutely grueling. the number of public appearances they make, the emotional and spiritual toll the job takes. you can understand. the man is 85 and he realizes his own limits. >> there is a political element to all this, and it all happens behind closed doors. we're not privy to what the discussions may be over the next few weeks here. but in terms of what you think they may lean toward, it will be someone that is conservative like benedict or someone who will be a little more progressive? >> the roman catholic church is enormous, over 1 billion people worldwide. the roman catholic church is a very big tent. there are a lot of people who hold diverse theological and social views that still self-identify as roman catholics. that said, of the 117 or so cardinals who are going to elect the next pope, they're not so diverse. they are all staunchly in line dogmatically.
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they are almost all in line on the social issues. so when you talk about progressive or conservative, that's a sliding scale, and it may not slide -- there's not that much room within that conclave. >> got you. so in a nutshell. essentially, perhaps someone younger from a different part of the world, but -- >> dogmatically, more of the same, most likely. >> but we really have no idea. >> we have no idea. and listen, they don't have to choose one from among themselves. they're not restricted to choosing another cardinal. >> we will see how it plays out. thank you for being with us. we appreciate it. we'll be back with more right after this. >> announcer: "world news now"
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more than half a century ago, a woman named rosa parks set off a chain of events that changed the nation. all by the simple act of refusing to give up her seat on a bus. >> a statue of parks was unveiled of her yesterday, making history once again. abc's karen travers has the story. >> reporter: she's an icon of the civil rights movement. rosa parks became a permanent presence in the nation's capital. >> rosa parks held no elected office. she possessed no fortune. lived her life far from the formal seats of power. and yet today she takes her rightful place among those who have shaped this nation's course. >> reporter: they may not be able to agree on policy, but president obama and congressional leaders came together to honor a woman who changed history. in 1955, in montgomery, alabama, parks refused to give up her
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seat on a crowded segregated bus to a white man. she was arrested and her act of defiance sparked a bus boycott that lasted more than a year. president obama said that single, simple act also launched the civil rights movement. >> it's because of these men and women that i stand here today. >> reporter: the statue unveiling was a homecoming of sorts for parks, who worked as an aide to congressman john c conyers for nearly two decades in detroit. >> soon, mr. conyers found out people were visiting the office to see rosa parks, and not mr. conyers. >> parks died in 2005 at the age of 92. after her death, rosa parks became the first woman to lie in state in the capitol rotunda. yesterday, she made history once again as the first black woman to be honored in statuary hall. rob and diana, back to you. >> incredible life and honor. thank you for that story, karen. and just historical perspective. she was arrested in '55. by '56 is when the supreme court struck down alabama bus segregation as unconstitutional. >> and, by the way, in her auto
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we have more now from aaron luna from our station in spokane. >> reporter: whether he's cruising through the cones or shooting for two -- >> it started about 2 1/2, his first was a fisher-price set, basketball. >> reporter: you won't find 4-year-old aden youngblood without his hat or his smile. >> he fell in love with sports. sitting down watching football and basketball with daddy every day. >> reporter: last year, he found a new love. >> he just said he wanted to go fast. he was very interested in what they were doing, and he's even been practicing the position in his regular chair. >> reporter: paralympic coach theresa skinner saw that gleam in his eye. >> aden told me he wanted to go fast like everyone else is going. >> reporter: and made the call. >> if anyone could build a smart racer, it would be barry. at eagle sports chairs. >> reporter: late one evening, skinner surprised the young athlete with possibly the smallest racing chair ever made. >> i did not expect the chair at all. and i'm still in shock. >> reporter: the new year's
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baby who was born with an early expiration date. >> he came out. it was a big scare and we got a lot of scary news from the doctor. >> reporter: made another leap experts thought he never would. >> at 3 years old, he's had ten surgeries. >> reporter: not once letting spina bifida with hydrocephalus on the brain slow him down. in fact, he's going faster now than ever before. >> he's a really fast learner and picking up the little things you have to do to make the chair move around. >> reporter: amber lynn weber rolled back and forth with the new racer. knowing first hand the difference the gift will make. >> this helps them to fit in. it gives him something to compare. >> from the beginning, we've been told what he could not do, and he's done all of that and much more. >> reporter: and his parents are going to have to try that much harder to keep up. >> i'm going to have to get new running shoes. >> reporter: i'm aaron luna. >> oh. >> wow. >> how do you not fall in love with that kid? >> remember that face. he will be famous one day. we know it. >> that was awesome.
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this morning on "world news now" -- transition time. pope benedict's retirement becomes official this morning, opening a new door for the roman catholic church. >> today's rituals, elaborate farewell ceremonies, and what the future holds for the faithful. it's monday, february 28th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> i did. >> oh, it's okay. we meant thursday. >> yes. >> thursday the 28th. tomorrow's friday, march 1st. we got it straight now. >> we apologize for that. good morning on this thursday, the 28th. i'm diana perez. >> and i'm rob nelson. we'll explain what happens after the pope flies from the vatican today.
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that's coming up in our top story. certainly a huge day. the world watching, literally. and then to our other top story right now on capitol hill where negotiations over the wide-reaching budget cuts are finally scheduled. why the delay, though, and more importantly, what exactly is at stake. also this morning, the legal action taken after a hockey coach was seen tripping players from the opposing team. the outrage and why the coach's troubles go beyond this act of unsportsmanship. >> sometimes the worst thing about kids' sports? the adults. another example right there. >> and it wasn't even during the game. not that that's any better. but, come on. >> it was the sportsman stuff afterwards. the hand shake, the high five. >> good game. >> that's when he said, let me check junior over here. >> not cute. later this half hour, the civil rights march on washington back in 1963. well, i spoke to some african-american pioneers who were there on that historic day to remember the march 50 years ago, and where that spirit is
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today and what fond, warm memories they have of that day, and really how it changed their world view and their lives. >> some incredible insight, i'm sure. >> yeah, it was incredible to sit down with them. they lived through something that i've only read about in the history books. so to have that experience was very cool. so i hope you guys tune in for all of that. first, pope benedict now down to his final hours as the head of the roman catholic church. as we see the vatican, it's important to realize that no one on earth -- no one on earth right now has ever seen what's going to happen today. >> it has been 600 years since a pope resigned. and watch this, that light on last night in benedict's vatican apartment, a person appears in the window, then the light goes out. perhaps symbolic of the day ahead. >> the ending of one day, the beginning of a new one, literally and metaphorically as well. electing a new pope falls to the church's cardinals as abc's david wright now reports. >> reporter: before the cardinals file into the sistine
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chapel and lock the doors behind them, technicians will have pulled up the floor boards to install cell phone jamming devices. violating the secrecy is punishable by excommunication. >> it's a way of ensuring that the voice that's speaking to the cardinals during the conclave belongs to the holy spirit and no one else. >> reporter: no one knows how long it will take. the shortest conclave lasted just a few hours. the longest, nearly three years. in fact, that's why they started locking the doors. in the middle ages during the plague years, a conclave meeting in the town of beterbo took so long, frustrated villagers eventually locked the cardinals in to hurry them up. it didn't work, so they tried to starve them out. that didn't work, so they exposed them to the elements, tearing the roof off the building to let the holy spirit in. not going to happen in the sistine chapel. where the ceiling is
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michaelangelo's masterpiece. these days, the cardinals have rooms in a vatican guest house, but they're still cut off from the outside world for the duration. this is your first conclave, if i'm not mistaken. >> it is. >> reporter: cardinal william lavetta from san francisco has been told what to expect. >> it's a prayerful atmosphere. >> reporter: it's not like a party nominating convention. >> no, nothing like that. no rah-rah. and hooray for this. >> reporter: no big speeches. >> no campaigning. >> reporter: when the time comes to vote, the cardinals are strongly urged to disguise their hand writing to avoid any awkwardness later. but make no mistake, ever so quietly, the politicking has already begun. you can see the cardinals whispering. david wright, abc news, rome. >> what are they whispering about? >> and so it begins. if we could only read their lips to see what they're saying. >> all we know is that's the fascinating part of this process all we ever know is that white smoke and whom they pick. other than that, it's all between that very small group of gentlemen. >> we know who's going in, we have no idea who's coming out as pope. here's a couple of interesting points that david didn't get to.
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only the cardinals under the age of 80 will be allowed into the conclave. and also they don't have to pick amongst -- a pope amongst them. they can pick somebody not part of the conclave and elect that person as pope. imagine that phone call. >> exactly. >> hey, rob nelson, you're our new pope. >> oh, really? i'll leave the overnights immediately for my new job as pope. also interesting, too, in benedict's remarks yesterday, they look back and talk about their legacy. he did kind of elude to the tough times he's faced. you have to imagine the sexual abuse scandal, the leak of his private documents. he said there were moments when the waters were agitated and the wind contrary. the lord seemed to be sleeping. kind of alluding to the tough times. and perhaps a warning to the person who follows him. stay with abc news all morning long. as we bring you live coverage of the pope's farewell. abc's george stephanopoulos is there at the vatican where he will host our special coverage.
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starting later this morning. now to syria, where opposition rebels may be getting help from the u.s. today, secretary of state john kerry is expected to offer nonlethal assistance as he meets with opposition leaders in rome. the u.s. remains opposed to providing arms but body armor armed vehicles, and other military gear may be offered. americans in the region are reportedly already training opposition fighters. after weeks of outlining the dire consequences of those looming budget cuts, president obama has now softened his warnings, saying it is not a cliff, but rather a tumble downward. the president and congressional leaders are set to meet at the white house tomorrow after the deadline has already passed. though spending cuts have already started to worry the nation's attorney general. >> this is something that's going to have an impact on the safety of this country. and anybody who says that's not true is either lying or saying something that runs contrary to the facts. >> uncertainty about the budget does not appear, though, to be hurting wall street. the dow came within 100 points
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of its all-time high yesterday. those budget cuts are just one of the many challenges faced by the newly confirmed secretary of the treasury jack lew. he's likely to be sworn in today or tomorrow. after winning senate approval yesterday. he's formerly the president's chief of staff. he will take over the top treasury job from timothy geithner. and caroline kennedy may soon have a high-profile diplomatic job in the administration. bloomberg news is reporting that the former president's daughter is the top contender as the next u.s. ambassador to japan. sources say she's the president's tope choice, but her background check is simply not complete yet. more than 100 top republicans have signed a legal brief being filed today in the supreme court declaring that gays do have a constitutional right to marry. dozens of corporate executives have also filed statements. it's all part of the legal maneuvering ahead of the court's
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consideration of california's proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage. justices will hear the case at the end of next month. seems to be a real sea change. even republicans now signing on to this idea of gay marriage. it's gaining some traction, but whether it moves the court to is anyone's guess. >> certainly not what you were expecting or anyone was expecting, especially from the republican side. >> exactly. times are changing. well, diana, i know you do have a very small tattoo. >> tiny. maybe. >> very little. >> maybe. >> something something there. and if i ever get inspired to get one, which ain't gonna happen, here's a little lady who could do it for me. >> and she is in little, as in 7-year-old little. her name is alicia. she's from abilene, texas. she's learning the trade from her dad, john, who owns his own tattoo shop. let's say that alicia is getting plenty of practice, because she's doing it on actual people. people who are willing to get tattooed by 7-year-olds. >> brave souls. he says if she keeps it up, alicia should be rocking out bad tattoos by the time she's 10 or
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12 alicia, to her credit, says she's not even nervous while she's doing it. apparently, it runs in the family there. because her dad started when he was 14 years old. so they have that ink in their blood at a very young age. >> that's a story you will carry with you forever if you got tattooed by a 7-year-old. >> that would be memorable. >> this jacked-up flower was done by a 7-year-old. >> and another thing people should know about our new lady here, you like tattoos. if you had your way, you would have more than just a little one. >> if i weren't doing what i was doing, i would probably be like a crazy rocker chick with a sleeve. >> you would have all the arm and all that? >> i would shave half of my head, have ear piercings, maybe. maybe in my next life. >> a rock star side in miss perez. i love it. >> a little feisty. coming up next, what could be a creepy venue for a class reunion. >> that's right. and the hockey coach we told you about caught on camera. in an act of unsportsman ship.
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♪ i'm a weirdo welcome back, everybody. a canadian peewee hockey coach will spend two weeks in jail for his very public show of unsportsmanlike conduct. >> the coach intentionally tripped a player on the opposing team during a post-game handshake. and as many things in life these days, it was all caught on camera. we get more from c-tv's shannon patterson. >> reporter: martin tromblay walked into a court for sentencing fully expecting to walk out. but he didn't. was he prepared for the possibility of jail? >> um -- no. he wasn't expecting it. >> reporter: this is more than even crown asked for. >> that's right. >> reporter: the judge felt the former ubc hornets' hockey coach deserved 15 days in jail, for marching down the line last june and intentionally tripping two young boys on the opposing team.
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>> whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. >> reporter: one of them, a 13-year-old, was injured and needed a cast on his wrist. tell me how martin is feeling right now as he's being carted off to jail. >> he's accepting what's occurring and he's making his amends. >> reporter: in handing down the sentence, the judge said the postgame handshake should be a symbol of sportsmanship, and the last place anyone would expect an adult would assault a child. he compared it to a cowardly suckerpunch on an unsuspecting victim. >> well, it certainly sends a message. >> reporter: the president of the hockey association where he used to coach hopes that message gets through to coaches and parents. >> to succeed in sports, you often have to have passion, but you need to have control. >> reporter: tromblay's outburst has cost him his marriage, several construction contracts, and his volunteer work with children. >> he put in years and years working in hockey and a scout master and that's all over.
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so he's paid a heavy price for his actions that day. >> reporter: shannon patterson, ctv news, richmond. >> we'll be right back. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our
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♪ it's been a long, a long time coming ♪ ♪ but i know in honor of black history month, this morning, we're taking a look back at one of the most pivotal days in the struggle for civil rights. >> on august 28, 1963, nearly 250,000 people took part in the march on washington. it was the largest demonstration ever seen in the nation's capital. recently i sat down with some of those who lived it. ♪ we shall overcome >> it was the greatest thing that happened in the 20th century that changed racial attitudes and racial energy. it was the most collegial,
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friendly protest i have ever seen. >> again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. >> i think we changed history. it was a moment in time when we had to keep things going. >> i was just absolutely tickled pink to be a part of all that mass of folks coming together, marching for what i knew was time. >> reporter: at this lunch in the heart of harlem, here they sit. a former tuskegee airman and now a university leader. a retired judge and former freedom rider, as well as an educator and former national bar association president. 50 years ago, though, they were strangers, brought together by a march. a mission that raised the consciousness of a country. >> i think the people there had a vision. they expected that one day there would be a president of the united states who was black and
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that exists today. but we also knew that we, as african-americans, needed the right to vote. >> it was an energizing thing, because it wasn't until '64 that the voting rights act was passed. but the energy from '63 was the energy that lyndon johnson used to help push the voting rights act. >> i guess i had my own idea what a protest march was supposed to be, more stern, more organized, more disciplined, i guess. but people were having fun, but yet there was a sense of power. >> reporter: and that power redefined america. stirred by hundreds of thousands of protesters, and most memorably, by the words of a georgia minister. >> we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. >> it was the day we got america's attention. the world knew there were
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300,000 people demanding first class citizenship. >> martin luther king was for love, but he was also a warrior. he was a soldier in the army of the lord. and he was fighting, not only for black people, but for white people, as well. >> one thing about the march is there were a lot of white people there. at one time they thought it was going to be all black, but possibly 25% of the people there were white. >> america has given the negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: words that still resonate 50 years later. >> african-americans have been given a bad check marked insufficient funds. and we have still today, daily been given a bad check marked insufficient funds. >> reporter: much has evolved since that peaceful august day back in 1963. but for those who lived it, their memories are still clear. the lessons still profound.
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and the sense of hope still ever present. >> we gained power, but we also lost power because we started taking things for granted. we forgot the bridge that brought us over. the bridge that brought us over was community organization in the streets of america. >> we are one people. we have the same basic genetic structure. we may not have the same abilities, but that's where education comes in to help reach out and develop that. and that's our jobs. >> i would say we've come a long way, but we've got a much longer way to go. and you've got to get educated and keep getting educated in order to move everyone in america forward. >> 1963 is not an end, but a beginning. >> it was incredible to sit down and have lunch with those fellows in harlem. all of them have such vivid memories. and that tuskegee airman, the gentleman you saw on the far side of your screen closest to
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me was in his 90s. he was as alert and in tune that day as anybody. it was a living history lesson. hopefully, going forward, it resonates and carries forward 50 years. >> it was incredible. >> it really is, really is. >> good job. >> we'll be back.
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this is according to the hollywood reporter. it's yet untitled. it's going to run for four weeks and it's going to be a half-hour show taped in front of a live studio audience. sketches, live comedy, in studio guests. field pieces. lots of really fun stuff. conan o'brien is the executive producer of it. he calls him a likable performer agile, and an innovative mind. so i'm interested to see what he comes up with. >> he's done a lot of funny stuff for e trade. i think it's kind of cool. those commercials are very cool. this story comes to us from wisconsin here. and there's some folks out there who are about to have their 65th high school reunion, which is wonderful. they're all in their 80s by now. but here's the twist. they decided to have the reunion in july in a funeral home. yeah. so the original class was 378 people. there's 120 left. but apparently, 45 members of the high school class have died in the last year. so these folks, out of wisconsin, lincoln high school class of '49 say, hey, we're
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going to have our reunion in the funeral home, because at this age, funeral homes don't bother us because we've been to so many funerals. >> i guess it's a good, safe place to have it. >> it will be a killer party. >> i have my own jokes to tell, come on. >> just checking. moving on. this is one of those things that you hear about and you go really? really? aston martin, the luxury car company has teamed up with a company called silver cross to make a pram. that's what it's called in europe. what it's called here is a stroller. they're making a stroller that's going to have suede and leather matched interior, just like the up cars. and they're going to have aluminum wheels, modeled after the aston martin 177 car that, oh, by the way, sells for 1.2
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million euros. and 800 of them will be available for you at harrods. so hurry up and get in line, ladies. >>
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this morning on "world news now" -- retirement day. for the first time in 600 years, a pope is saying goodbye and retiring as the leader of the roman catholic church. >> the historic move, today's vivid rituals, and how pope benedict will ultimately be remembered. it's thursday, february 28th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning. i'm diana perez. >> and i'm rob nelson. it goes without saying the roman catholic faithful have never seen pageantry quite like this. we're going to take you to the vatican coming up in just a second. certainly a big, big day. kind of this incredible transition out of power and this
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beginning of the process to see who will be next. >> we're going to take notes and write it down, so if it happens again we'll know what to do next time. because we're flying by the seat of our pants here. >> haven't seen this in a few centuries. so all of this a little new. also this morning, the brand new secretary of state john kerry makes a bold move in his new job today. how he's planning to address the ongoing civil war in syria. and later on this half hour, helping drivers who feel drowsy. the innovative safety features in today's new cars, including one car that tells you it's time to stop for coffee. >> some folks need that. you said you've had a few experiences driving home to jersey from here. >> it's a little tough at 5:00 in the morning after being awake all night. >> yeah, it is. what woke diana up is the crash. >> that poor little old lady. i'm just kidding. >> we're kidding here. folks have been sensitive the last couple of weeks. just a joke. >> sorry, guys. okay.
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later this half hour, a rewarding offer for beyonce fans. you could pay big bucks for her concert tickets. but instead of hard-earned cash, one promoter wants you to give up something else to see the queen bee show. that's coming up in "the skinny." >> it's a good tease. >> it's a very good tease. even i don't know. >> you want to stick around and watch now, don't you? first, we've got to get to this. pope benedict is stepping down today after 2,873 days as pope. and here is a look at vatican city. we'll be going there live soon, very soon. >> george stephanopoulos will be at the scene for us. and at 2:00 p.m. eastern time today, his resignation does become official. that's when all of the trappings of being pope simply go away and benedict begins his retirement, saying he'll be hidden from the world. abc's nick schifrin reports now from rome. >> reporter: for the first time since the middle ages, a pope choosing to say goodbye. one last speech, one last ride in the popemobile.
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benedict xvi even paused to kiss a baby. they arrived by the thousands from all over and gave him a long standing ovation. >> the decision i've made after much prayers is i trust in god's will and the deep love of christ's church. >> reporter: he says the church has quote joy and light, but acknowledges there have been difficult times. an apparent reference to the scandals that challenged his papacy. scandals that this couple from buffalo say tarnish his legacy. >> it seems like he's taking off right in the middle of it. and doesn't want to solve the problem. it's easier just to leave. >> reporter: on his last day, benedict will give up the swiss guard, his twitter account. even those red shoes. the focus will turn to those men still in red, listening in the front row. one of the cardinals will become the next pope and inherit a church even benedict admits is damaged by division. what would you like to see out of the next pope?
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>> i would like to see them make some serious changes. >> reporter: pope benedict will leave the vatican on a helicopter for his retreat outside of rome. he says he'll remove himself entirely from the public eye, dedicating the rest of his life to prayer and meditation. nick schifrin, abc news, rome. >> thank you, nick. stay with abc news on this historic day at the vatican. abc's george stephanopoulos will lead our live coverage today as the pope retires. you can find background on this remarkable transition at any time at abcnews.com. well, the u.s. has reportedly embarked in its deepest involvement in syria since the start of the conflict. "the new york times" reports that the u.s. is training opposition rebels and today, secretary of state john kerry is expected to extend another helping hand. here's abc's martha raddatz. >> reporter: this would be the first time the u.s. has given aid to the military side of the opposition forces. i'm told it could be anything from communications gear, to medical supplies to body armor to armored vehicles.
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even if it's just communications gear or medical gear, which is more likely, that would be a significant shift for the u.s. and could be a big boost to opposition groups. it's expected that the new secretary of state john kerry will announce this in rome as part of his first overseas trip. there will be no weapons. syria is awash in weapons already. the u.s. has always been wary of giving weapons for fear they would end up in the wrong hands. the rebels we and others are dealing with have been vetted, but as we know, some of the other rebel groups are affiliated with al qaeda. so we may not be giving these vetted opposition forces weapons, but whatever we give them improves their chances against the assad government. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. >> thank you, martha. on capitol hill, an emotional plea from a grieving father on gun control. it was the senate judiciary committee's first hearing on the issue since the newtown massacre. on the table, a proposal by
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senator dianne feinstein to ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. the father of a newtown massacre victim begged for it to be passed. >> jesse was the love of my life. he was the only family i had left. it's hard for me to be here today to talk about my deceased son. i have to. i'm his voice. >> republicans at the hearing said the assault weapons ban, though, would violate the 2nd amendment. and actually, background on this guy. the inner turmoil he must be going through. in addition to his grief, he supports the second 'mendment, supports sportsmen. he says you can't refer to the second amendment in this case because things have so much more
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sophisticated than our founding fathers had envisioned years ago. doesn't seem like the same balanced approach is capable on capitol hill. you're either all the way here or all the way there. there's no strong middle ground. >> a whole lot of conversations. the more we hear, the more we keep hearing that the ban on assault rifles will probably not happen. it's more likely to pass something on background checks and people with mental illness not being able to get their hans on guns. people want the guns out of the streets to begin with, or at least not in the hands of people maybe don't have background of illness, but there's gang members, criminals out there who have these guns. they're wreaking havoc on our society. >> 200 million to 300 million guns on the streets. in many ways, the horse has left the gates. we'll see.
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a british exploeser was evacuated from antarctica. he took off his glove for just a moment to fix his skis, but it was 75 degrees below zero. he suffered frostbite very quickly. the rest of the team will continue on with the expedition. temperatures in michigan nowhere nearly that cold. in the city of muskegon, right on lake michigan, over 63 inches of snow just this month. the old record, 46 inches in 1981. a restrained resident said, she's ready for spring. >> '81 was a good year. >> you were like, 1. >> i was born. >> young un.
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nose snow showers stretch into northern new york. when will it stop. >> '78 was also a wonderful year. mid to high 70s in florida. seasonable in the middle of the country. spring-like in the southwest. well, we offer a big way to go this morning to an 80-year-old jewelry store owner in southern california. a couple of guys smashed a case in chuck's store a few weeks ago. >> he went after the guys, even though they were likely 50 years younger than he is. the would-be burglars chickened out and ran out the door. chuck said they got away with 15 watches worth about $40,000. he said if it happens again, look out. he's beefing up security. this is a tough guy.
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military veteran. fought in korean and vietnam wars. >> nobody to mess with. a trained soldier. see -- >> you see how -- >> you flinched. you kind of scare me sometimes. >> you never know with me. >> may we all age that well and that fit, are you kidding me? >> they're on surveillance videos, because they came and cased the joint calm of days before. they'll catch them eventually. they're on the loose. they'll be caught. coming up, a dramatic remark from anne hathaway. it had nothing to do with a movie. and the sausage costume seen at so many milwaukee sporting events. someone stole it. and police cut the mustard to track it down. ♪ you've been hit by you've been hit by a smooth criminal ♪
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♪ low rider drive a little slower ♪ having a heated michael jackson debate. >> very heated. we'll get to that, maybe some day. now we've got to get to this. when deciding what kind of car you should drive, many people put safety first. >> and for a lot of good reasons. but for the first time in seven years, fatal car crashes are actually up. abc's david kerley explains why. >> reporter: we have put cars
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through a battery of crash tests. many states have banned texting and driving. but for the first time if seven years, highway deaths are rising. why? believe it or not, it's because we're driving more. increasing our risk. it's better weather and a better economy. which means more money for gas. but because many of us have kept our old cars, average age on the road is 11 years, there are a lot of vehicles out there without the latest safety technology. >> certainly, based on today, it's probably much more safe, or much safer than a mid-level vehicle of five years ago. >> reporter: we traveled to the "consumer reports" test track to see some of the latest safety features designed to save your life. like this mercedes-benz. it can tell if i'm falling asleep? >> it reads how you're driving. >> reporter: if you swerve, the car knows and alerts you, even telling you where the closest coffee shop is.
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so replace the passenger saying wake up. it's just going to say hey, pull over and get a cup of coffee. >> without the passenger holding on to the armrest, saying please stop. >> reporter: for families, ford is installing inflatable seat belts in the back seat. think of it as an air bag for your kids in booster seats. in an accident, it disburses crash energy across the chest. one of the simplest contributors to accidents you can fix, proper tire inflation. and now a new system from nissan tells you when you have put enough air in the tire with three quick beeps [ horn beeping ] technology to keep us safe, which "consumer reports" lopes becomes standard. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> hard to watch some of those videos. >> really. coming up, why anne hathaway is so sorry. and a love triangle made for hollywood drama. but this is real life. it's coming up next in "the skinny." >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ skinny in the house! >> oh, yeah. that's the way we like it. >> no one does it like big willie. >> welcome to "the skinny" on this thursday morning. okay, trouble in paradise. miley cyrus and her fiance
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liam hemsworth, apparently, looks like they -- well, they're engaged. they've been engaged since june 2012. he was at a preoscar party where he was seen cozying up to "madman" star january jones. she's kind of a scandalous single mom, she had a baby, nobody knows who the baby daddy is. so they were seen together. so more questions, does that mean that these two are breaking up? what does it mean about the third? is he cheating? >> pick one with a better haircut, dude, and call it a day. >> this is interesting too, a story out of the huffington -- "new york daily news" i should say. michael williams is an entertainment official and manages cee lo and outkast and apparently he is planning to offer tickets to the beyonce show in exchange for -- to new yorkers who want to turn in their handguns, of course. so he's helping to raise $100,000 for his guns for greatness program and get the
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support of the nypd. here in new york city. there's a picture of michael there. beyonce has a show coming this summer to brooklyn. jay-z and justin timberlake will be at yankees stadium this summer. so hoping people will turn in their guns and hopefully help raise $100 grand. so you're seeing the gun control play out in politics and pop culture. this is just the latest example. >> sounds like it might be successful. larry flynt apparently gave an extensive interview where he talked about a bunch of things. he's now 70 years old, publisher of "the hustler." a porn beginning. he says he doesn't care for quainten tarantino movies because he said he would never pose for a porno movie. he said if he had his choice, he would love to get jennifer aniston to pose for "the hustler." he would pay $1 million to $2 million for her to pose. hmm. also, he says that he's apparently been doing an investigation for two years about a congressman, and he's trying to pin this guy down and he's going to have this big expose. he hasn't mentioned who the
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congressman is. you may remember he took down philandering republican speaker-elect bob liviingston back in 1999. so we do know that he at least has some journalism background. who knows who his next rival is. and as far as his rival, hugh hefner, he did say that hugh hefner should have started "time" magazine instead of "playboy" because he does have -- he's a genius in the way that he's not a troublemaker. he's more of a writer than a philanderer. >> all i remember is he would give $1 million to jennifer aniston to pose. i'll put $5 on that. i'll put $5 on that to help you out. and anne hathaway issuing an apology for switching her dress. she learned there were going to be some other stars like sally field and jennifer aniston wearing a similar dress. so she switched at the last minute from the valentino gown
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woolite everyday, cleans your jeans and won't torture your tanks. woolite washed clothes look like new, longer. ♪ you've been hit by, you've been hit by a smooth criminal ♪ underrated michael jackson video. one of the best. >> i think it's rated pretty well. >> remember that thing where he leans? remember, he leans? >> yes, he leans. that was good. >> sorry, a little moment. >> if you're into puns, you're going to love this next story. >> brace yourself. >> it was the "wurst" of times for a famous face from milwaukee. guido, one of the famous racing sausages of the milwaukee brewers, became a missing "link."
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>> police say some "weenie" made off with the weiner and the sausage spent the last few weeks getting spicy. but last night, two people ran into a bar, dropped off guido and ran off. colleen henry gets to the "meat" of the matter. >> reporter: he's the sex symbol of the racing sausages. mustachioed and suave, the brewers say this mascot loves attention. an impostor donned guido's duds at winterfest in cedarburg, on february 16th. the spicy italian marched in the winter parade earlier in the day and was waiting for a second appearance when a witness spotted him slipping out the door at the milwaukee curling club. later that night, guido surfaced at the road house bar and grill. police found facebook photos showing him working the crowd, joining the band, and looking a little worse for the wear. his chef's hat black with dirt. he also showed up at another local bar. we're looking for guido. t.j. ryan's sits, coincidentally, next to a
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sausage shop. he hasn't ended up as a pizza topping of a bolognaise? >> no, no. >> reporter: the shop owner says she hasn't seen any italian sausages in a couple of weeks. >> we did sell them at winterfest, and they were a big success. >> reporter: you know that was where guido was last seen. >> oh, my. oh, my. >> watch him. bang. >> reporter: guido has a history of overcoming adversity. he took the high road ten years ago when cameras captured pittsburgh pirates first baseman randall simon whack him with a baseball bat. they're working with police and hope guido will be back in time for opening day. >> we do have breaking news to tell you, though. guido has been found. >> guido has been found? >> yes, somebody came -- ran into a bar in milwaukee and dropped him off. and ran off. and i'm the one who had him the whole time. >> what are you supposed to be? >> i'm the sausage. can't you tell? >> glad he's back home. come on, you can't be guido. >> you've got to leave guido alone. >> you can't beat that meat.
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this morning, it is transition day in rome. >> by tonight, the catholic church will be without a pope. in just hours, benedict says good-bye to the spotlight forever. a choreographed and possibly precedent-setting day ahead. changing his tune. overnight, the president backs off his most severe warnings. those across-the-board spending cuts going into effect tomorrow. new this morning, when the white house calls, a kennedy under consideration for a high-profile new job. and illegal conduct. a coach lands behind bars for a very unsportsmanlike move.
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good morning. we start with pope benedict, now with just hours left as leader of the world's 1 billion-plus catholics. >> here's how benedict's final hours as pope will play out. he greets the cardinals, who will elect his successor down the road. and then, benedict departs the vatican for castle gandolfo. and once the residence door closes behind him and his swiss guards depart, benedict will cease to be pope. an estimated 150,000 people were there yesterday to say a collective good-bye. >> as nick schifrin reports, the audience today is a lot smaller. >> reporter: he's delivered his final farewell to the faithful. and this morning, he says good-bye to the man who will